The following motion was moved by John Bligh and carried by members at a General meeting of the CLP on 18th August 2017.

This Conference notes the ongoing dispute between the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) and Cineworld Cinemas.

Conference also notes that this dispute originated in 2007 with a campaign to achieve a Living Wage for workers at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.

Although a settlement was reached in 2014 including a 26% pay rise, the agreement also included a commitment by Picturehouse Cinemas (owned by Cineworld) to re-negotiate towards the London Living Wage in June 2016.

Despite posting record profits of £93.8 million in 2016, the company back-tracked on this agreement and have refused to negotiate in any way.

Conference therefore agrees to send a message of support to the members in dispute and to further call upon Cineworld Cinemas to increase investment in worker welfare and pay all Picturehouse staff the Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation.

Conference further calls upon Cineworld Cinemas to reach agreement with BECTU on;

    • Union recognition

    • Company sick pay for all staff

    • Company maternity/paternity/adoption pay

    • Fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists


There were 5 motions debated and carried by members at the 18th Auguist 2017 general meeting. As our CLP can only submit one for debate at annual conference members present at the meeting were ballotted to chose one motion from the five agreed. The outcome of that ballot was that the Brexit motion, not this one was chosen by members to go forward to 2017 Annual Conference.

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